Mission Matters

Mission Matters

This is the Mission Matters podcast, where we feature successful, mission-driven leaders committed to creating a positive change in the world. Our mission with this channel is to inspire other leaders by providing industry insights, new ideas, and inspiring stories from the pros!

Episodes

March 4, 2024 46 mins

Amy Van Polen is the CEO of Bridge Communities, a nonprofit organization helping homeless families. She oversees an eight-person executive leadership team that consists of fund development, community engagement, finance, program, and evaluation directors. Leveraging 25 years of experience in nonprofit leadership and management, Amy spearheads the NPO’s fund development and engagement team in raising over $4.2 million of a $5.2 mill...

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Nancy Wiersum is the Executive Vice President of Advancement for Loaves & Fishes Community Services, an anti-poverty, hunger relief agency providing food and leadership to the Naperville and DuPage areas. With a wealth of experience in nonprofit leadership, she has held executive positions at renowned organizations such as the Robert Crown Center for Health Education and 360 Youth Services. Nancy is also a seasoned speaker and writ...

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February 19, 2024 31 mins

Mike Briggs is the President and CEO of Little Friends, a nonprofit agency supporting the needs of individuals and families dealing with developmental disabilities and autism. With over 35 years of experience leading private and nonprofit organizations as President, CEO, and COO, Mike has a proven track record of success. His expertise spans various sectors, including manufacturing, where he oversees end-to-end operations. Beyond h...

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February 12, 2024 21 mins

Bob and Judy Jung are the Founders and Co-owners of Jung Family Painting, a family-operated painting and decorating business offering paint products, doors, fences, crews, and more. Specializing in interior and exterior painting for residential and commercial properties, they extend their expertise to staining decks, doors, fences, and more. Commemorating two decades of service, Jung Family Painting's primary area encompasses the W...

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February 5, 2024 16 mins

Ashley Abraham is the Executive Director at Ride Assist Naperville, which provides seniors with affordable and dependable transportation to and from medical appointments. She joined RAN in 2021 and leverages her extensive background in working with nonprofit organizations. Over the past decade, Ashley has accumulated experience collaborating with small and nonprofit businesses. Beyond her professional pursuits, Ashley shares her ar...

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Geri Kerger is the Executive Director of NAMI DuPage, a national organization providing support, advocacy, and education for people with mental illness and their families. As a dedicated nonprofit executive, she brings a wealth of experience in program management and administration to her role. Geri excels in resource development for nonprofits, employing strategic and innovative methods to communicate an agency's message and ampli...

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Michael Sitrick is the President and CEO of the DuPage Foundation, a charitable organization established to improve the quality of health, education, and human services in DuPage County. In his roles, Michael spearheads efforts to expand the organization’s capacity and influence. Additionally, he helps shape the foundation’s strategic vision by forging community partnerships and assisting individuals in realizing their philanthropi...

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January 15, 2024 22 mins

Mark Buschbacher is the President and CEO of Serenity House Counseling Services, a substance abuse and community-centric support system helping addicts develop innovative processes to approach life to gain freedom for a fresh start. At Serenity House, Mark leverages his background in operational efficiency, talent acquisition, and performance management to achieve the organization’s goals and objectives.

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January 8, 2024 17 mins

Joan Wincentsen is the Executive Director of the American Hearing Research Foundation, a 67-year-old nonprofit funding hearing loss, balance disorders, and cause prevention research. Joan possesses over 20 years of nonprofit experience, including association management, where she’s honed her skills in fundraising, budget management, program development, and marketing. Before joining AHRF, Joan was the Executive Director of Conquer ...

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Rick Lochner is the President and CEO of RPC Leadership Associates, a leadership and business consultancy that helps develop entrepreneurs, executives, nonprofit board members, and professionals. He honed his skills while serving 11 years in the military, leading soldiers in challenging environments worldwide. Upon leaving the Army, Rick spent the next 18 years in corporate leadership, ranging from front-line management to senior e...

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December 25, 2023 22 mins

Suzanne Kinsey is the Executive Director of Fox Valley Community Services, an organization assisting seniors with homemaker services, adult day care, transportation, home delivery meals, and more. She brings 30 years of healthcare experience to FVCS, including leadership roles in various nonprofit organizations, such as Regional Vice President at Help at Home and Assisted Living Director at The Holmstad in Batavia. Suzanne is also ...

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December 18, 2023 22 mins

Rich Tatara is an active member and President of the Rotary Club of Naperville, a worldwide network of people in action triumphing over community issues through leadership and community building. He is an experienced global leader in telecommunications and IT and a retiree at Tellabs, where he worked for 22 years. Throughout his Tellabs career, Rich held several senior leadership positions, including Vice President of Global Market...

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December 11, 2023 29 mins

Adam Russo is the Founder of Reliable Coaching and Strategy, a coaching consultancy helping organizations manage people, processes, and strategies. He’s also the Founder of Edgewood Clinical Services, a full-service mental healthcare provider for all ages. Before exiting the company after 16 years, Adam grew the organization to eight figures in revenue, 140 employees, and served thousands of clients annually. The quality of care, c...

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Rick Lochner is the President and CEO of RPC Leadership Associates, a leadership and business consultancy that helps develop entrepreneurs, executives, nonprofit board members, and professionals. He honed his skills while serving 11 years in the military, leading soldiers in challenging environments worldwide. Upon leaving the Army, Rick spent the next 18 years in corporate leadership, ranging from front-line management to senior e...

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October 5, 2023 20 mins

Paul Feith is the President of Paul Gregory Media, a mission-based digital marketing agency that offers services such as branding, marketing campaigns, social media management, SEO, advertising, and fundraising. Paul is a self-described computer and technology nerd who started his first entrepreneurial venture as the owner of Compu-Tech, a database programming company. After a long career in corporate America as a new media manager...

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October 3, 2023 38 mins

Sarah Grycko-Oprzedek is the President and CEO of United Way of Will County, an organization that champions the self-sufficiency, health, safety, and education of the residents in Will County. She’s been a loyal servant leader of the United Way for 17 years, beginning her career as a Community Relations Manager and progressing up the ladder into senior leadership. Before United Way, Sarah worked in Human Resources and Employee Rela...

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Tim Frick is the Founder and President of Mightybytes, a Chicago-based digital agency and Certified B Corporation helping nonprofits, social enterprises, and purpose-driven companies. He is also a speaker, community leader, and author on sustainable design and has published four books, including Designing for Sustainability: A Guide to Building Greener Digital Products and Services. In addition to his work at Mightybytes, Tim is a ...

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Marissa Schmidt is the Marketing Director at Paul Gregory Media (PGM), an award-winning marketing agency driven by purpose. In her day-to-day role, Marissa interacts directly with clients and oversees the entire project lifecycle, from ideation to execution. She has over five years of digital marketing experience, including content strategy, graphic design, social media management, and effective communication. Beyond her project ma...

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September 6, 2023 39 mins

Shefali Trivedi is the Founder, President, and CEO of A Better We, a platform committed to empowering individuals and communities via resources, services, and curated events. With 30 years of experience in marketing, sales, and project management, Shefali has held various roles in the government and nonprofit sectors, including the Greater Chicago Food Depository. Before founding A Better We, she served as Giving DuPage’s Executive...

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Ashley Kratschmer is the Digital Marketing Coordinator at Paul Gregory Media (PGM), a mission-based marketing agency dedicated to serving clients’ altruistic values. In her role at PGM, Ashley oversees all digital marketing tasks and is responsible for generating impressions, leads, and awareness for the agency's client base. Ashley’s five years of experience in the industry has allowed her to work on various marketing teams in con...

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